Answer Me 1997
tvN, 2012, 16 episodes

Korean title: 응답하라 1997, Alternate title: Reply 1997

A throwback youth drama that became a pop-culture sensation, set back in 1997 when kpop and dramas were at the height of their first wave in popularity. Breakout roles for virtual unknowns Jung Eun-ji and Seo In-gook, who play best friends struggling with new feelings of attraction. It's everything you loved and hated about being a teenager in mortifying and heartwarming detail, told with a sharp sense of humor and just the right tinge of nostalgia.

‘Answer Me 1997’


Drama Casting & News
Answer Me franchise returns this fall with same parents, new year
by | March 17, 2015 | 86 Comments
After the longest development tease ever, PD Shin Won-ho and writer Lee Woo-jung of the Answer Me franchise (that’d be Answer Me 1997 and Answer Me 1994) have finally announced that the team will definitely be returning with a new installment of the stand-alone spinoff series this year, and as previously teased, this time we’ll... More »


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Answer Me series to go back to 1988 this summer?
by | January 12, 2015 | 139 Comments
The third series from the creators of tvN’s hit throwback dramas Answer Me 1997 and Answer Me 1994 has pretty much been in the works since the the end of 2013 (when Answer Me 1994 wrapped). Pre-production stalled for a considerable length of time this past year, but now with Misaeng in the rearview mirror,... More »


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Answer Me’s team reunites for new drama
by | June 5, 2014 | 54 Comments
The wonder team that created tvN’s pop-culture sensation Answer Me 1997 and its follow-up Answer Me 1994 is reuniting to produce a new drama, so naturally the big question is: Will we be getting another Answer Me? That is to say, more youthful fervor seen through a nostalgic lens with insight and heart and lots... More »


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Answer Me 1997’s sequel courts parents for a reunion
by | April 25, 2013 | 45 Comments
Cable darling Answer Me 1997′s sequel project is finally starting to cast, and first up are the roles of Mom and Dad: Sung Dong-il and Lee Il-hwa are being courted to return to the franchise and steer a brand new family through the murky waters of adolescence. I normally never get excited about who gets... More »


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Answer Me 1997’s sequel to be about basketball
by | April 6, 2013 | 40 Comments
girlfriday: There’s new news on the Answer Me 1997 follow-up drama, which was being called Answer Me 1994 up until now… Apparently it’s going to be a basketball drama. Huh? As in Last Match Redux? javabeans: Whaa? Is that awesome, or too much meta jokery? We’d be the last to have a problem with any... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
2012 Editors’ Picks [Year In Review, Part 6]
by | December 28, 2012 | 320 Comments
Annnnnnnd another year comes to a close. Big thanks to our recap minions HeadsNo2, gummimochi, and kaedejun for sharing their reviews with us and joining the spirited discussion for the Editors’ Picks this year. There wasn’t even any hair-pulling, and only one person lost an eye! It’s been a great year for K-dramas and an... More »


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Dramaland: The gift that keeps on giving [Year In Review, Part 5]
by | December 24, 2012 | 141 Comments
If there’s anything that Santa has taught me over the years (other than a musical mnemonic about single-malt scotches), it’s that Christmas is a time of giving. Dramaland gives us so much throughout the year, that I thought it was finally time for me to stop being a grinch and give back, out of the... More »


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A Variety of Flavors in 2012 [Year In Review, Part 3]
by | December 15, 2012 | 133 Comments
Looking at the buffet table of 2012, I’m left in awe at the vast array of possible selections before me. The sheer number of choices is growing every year and I feel like I have to taste-test the premiere and make a quick decision of whether to keep digging in or move on. Sometimes you... More »


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Life Lessons from a Mixed Bag of Dramas [Year In Review, Part 2]
by | December 11, 2012 | 148 Comments
2012 was certainly a mixed bag: I saw plenty of action dramas and then I saw fluffy dramas that made no sense. There were dramas I loved, dramas that I liked enough, and then dramas that I hated. It was a tough year for me, and I felt I had bad luck in choosing which... More »


Drama Casting & News
KBS tries to recreate Answer Me’s success in new variety drama
by | December 10, 2012 | 40 Comments
I know what y’all are thinking: What the heck is a “variety drama”? To be honest I’m not sure I understand it either, but that could be because it’s one of those terms people started using ’cause it sounded good, not because it made sense. And dramaland sure understands that concept, doesn’t it? Thanks to... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
2012: Something for everyone? [Year In Review, Part 1]
by | December 8, 2012 | 263 Comments
Review extravaganza time! I know: Already? It feels like just the other day I was killing myself to corral all my thoughts in coherent fashion in a monster review of 2011’s dramas, and already it’s time to lose sleep wrangling my thoughts together for 2012. Time sure flies when you’re having fun, or old. Guess... More »